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[...] he was treated more or less as an equal by his parents, who sensibly thought it a very fair division of labour that they should supply the practical knowledge and he the book-learning. They knew that book-learning often came in useful at a pinch, in spite of what their neighbours said. What the Boy chiefly dabbled in was natural history and fairy tales, and he just took them as they came, in a sandwichy sort of way, without making any distinctions; and really his course of reading strikes one as rather sensible.
~ from The Reluctant Dragon,
written by Kenneth Grahame, 1898
Book-learning is useful -- and not just in a pinch! I like Grahame's description of the Boy reading in "a sandwichy sort of way", and agree that reading natural history and fairy tales does seem sensible. :) What do you think?